National Rosacea Society Awards New Grants for Medical Research

The NRS research grants program, which is entirely funded by rosacea patients, has played a leadership role in making this important progress possible.

The National Rosacea Society (NRS) announced it has awarded funding for three new studies, in addition to continuing support for three ongoing studies, as part of its research grants program to increase knowledge and understanding of the causes and other key aspects of rosacea that may lead to improvements in its management, prevention or potential cure.

“Scientific investigations have increasingly mapped the details of rosacea’s pathophysiology, opening the way for the development of new advances in medical therapy,” said Dr. Hilary Baldwin, associate professor of dermatology at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and a member of the NRS medical advisory board, which selects proposals for funding. “The NRS research grants program, which is entirely funded by rosacea patients, has played a leadership role in making this important progress possible.”

Dr. Benjamin Kaffenberger, assistant professor of dermatology at the Ohio State University, and colleagues were awarded $25,000 to develop a computer program for a rosacea scoring system that will identify and count rosacea lesions and measure redness to provide reliably reproducible scores for physicians and patients. Their goal is the creation of open-source, freely available software that may easily be used by scientific investigators, clinicians and patients to speed diagnosis and assessment, and to help make research easier and more consistent.

Dr. Raja Sivamani, associate professor of clinical dermatology at the University of California-Davis, and colleagues were awarded $25,000 to study how the skin and eyelid…

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